Champion Ground (Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout)

Champion Ground is a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, brewed with coffee, by Athens, Ohio’s Jackie O’s. Light amount of coffee flavor. The lacing on the glass is light tan to very moderate brown. The overall nose of Champion Ground has a good amount of coffee that is mingled with brown sugar and toasted malt elements. Perhaps most surprising about Champion Ground is how little of a head the stout pours with; this is one dark and gnarly brew. The time spent in bourbon barrels does Champion Ground well, as the bite imbued by the barrels moderates some of the sweeter elements that present themselves in stouts.  Continue reading “Champion Ground (Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout)”

Switchback Ale (Switchback Brewing)

The titular effort from Burlington Vermont’s Switchback pours with a hazy dark yellow/orange coloration. There is a fair amount of offwhite head that sticks around for a while. A little bit of malt on the initial nose of the beer. Toasted malts, grains, and a smaller amount of bitterness come up next. As one continues along with Switchback, the beer shifts to allow for more in the way of sweeter elements to enter. There is a more thirst-quenching side to Switchback, making it an eminently drinkable beer when paired alongside pizza, burgers, or even more assertive (German, Italian) cuisine. Continue reading “Switchback Ale (Switchback Brewing)”

Tricerahops Double IPA (Ninkasi)

Ninkasi’s Tricerahops, a dry-hopped double IPA pours with an amber coloration and a bit of lacing. A bit of sweet note on the edge, much more of a West Coast IPA with bold flavors of pine and floral elements that immediately present themselves when one opens the 22-ounce bottle.  Continue reading “Tricerahops Double IPA (Ninkasi)”

Apricot Sour (Perrin)

Perrin released two new offerings to their sour series, an Apricot Sour and an Amber Saison Sour. After a few months aging in their bottle,w e decided to crack open a bottle of their Apricot Sour. The beer pours with a dark orange coloration and a fair amount of white head that reluctantly dissipates. With the initial and early sips, imbibers will be impressed with the good amount of wheat notes that are presented. This wheat backdrop gives ample highlighting to more acetic, sour and tart notes.  This Apricot Sour has spent 9 months in oak barrels and given its tart lease on life through the inclusion of brett and lactobacillus; the presence of apricots to the mix adds further depth and nuance to the efforts. Continue reading “Apricot Sour (Perrin)”

Jackie O’s 11th Anniversary Extravaganza Set for 1/6-1/7

Jackie O’s is planning on going hard this weekend. On Friday (1/6) and Saturday (1/7), the brewery is inviting imbibers in for one of the hottest parties of the year. 64 taps are split between between the taproom, BrewPub, and the Public House. The sheer amount of rarities, new variants, and old favorites are enough that individuals should search out lodging and a taxi for the weekend. Continue reading “Jackie O’s 11th Anniversary Extravaganza Set for 1/6-1/7”

Parabajava 2016 (Firestone Walker)

Firestone Walker does not distribute in Ohio. It is a sad fact of life but it means that any time we make it to a state that has Firestone Walker distribution, we have to pick up a bottle. The company has just released the 2016 variety of their popular Imperial coffee Stout power up by Java. This beer which is pegged at about 13% ABV pours with a chocolate brown coloration and virtually nothing in the way of a head. The beer seemingly looks a bit on the thin side but any concerns regarding the mouth feel and immediately dissipates the second one takes the first sip of this Imperial Coffee Stout. Continue reading “Parabajava 2016 (Firestone Walker)”

C Space looks for your opinion about beer.

Do you love chatting about your favorite brews? C Space, a consumer collaboration agency, is looking for some beer enthusiasts to help inspire future products of one of their sponsors, a popular beer company. If your care about the ingredients and quality that is used to craft each brew, here’s your chance to earn Amazon gift codes for sharing your views on the sponsors’ beers as well as other beer/alcoholic beverages in the industry. Continue reading “C Space looks for your opinion about beer.”